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Published 2007


ARE SLOTS THE SALVATION OF HORSE RACING AND FISCALLY STRAPPED STATES?

With attendance at horse races steadily declining, and the State of Maryland facing structural budget shortfalls into the foreseeable future, Gov. Martin O’Malley and Senate President Mike Miller are once again floating slots at race tracks as the horse racing industry’s and the state’s fiscal salvation. But based upon the experience of neighboring states, the Baltimore Sun’s Andrew Green reports that slots actually displace interest in live racing rather than enhance it. And Bernie Horn, policy and communications director at the Center for Policy Alternatives maintains that at least in their first three years, slots will have a negligible impact on the state budget hole and will cause a range of costly social ails. (Host: Mark Cohen)


Run time 20:32
Producer Mark Cohen
Production Company m
Sponsor www.coffeehousetv.org
Audio/Visual sound, color
Contact Information Mark Cohen markc@coffeehousetv.org

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Reviewer: MorpheusOne - favorite - January 12, 2011
Subject: Stupid!
Horse racing should be abolished!

There is a good deal of evidence that horses are sentient. There are many specific areas of research and areas of evidence that give this possibility, which is a likely reality, plenty of credibility. One of the more specific areas is the work that has been, and is being, done in cognitive recognition & understanding. The evidence shows that while most horses are not as sentient as, say human beings, other sentient life forms are, they do possess a distinctive understanding of the world around them and their place in the world. And since horses are conditioned, from before birth, to be racing horses that means that the only world that they know is the only world that many of them have ever been exposed to. And if given the chance to choose, if given the chance to decide if they want to participate in horse racing most horses would never choose to be slaves, to the sport, to their ability to make money, to the ability to procreate for the purposes of making their "owners" money!

If anyone is wondering... yes, I am a proud member of People Eating Tasty Animals.

Horse racing is slavery and should be abolished! Abolishing the sport will allow the integrity of these majestic animals to be respected appropriately, without servitude for profit, without slavery, and without the abuse and neglect that these animals suffer from every single day due to the ignorance and stupidity of their owners, trainers, and caretakers.
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